We had a great day. CAVU (ceiling and visibility unlimited). Calm winds. Around 20 degrees. So off we flew. To Cape Crozier on Ross Island.
Cape Crozier is the largest, southernmost colony of Adelie Penguins in the world. There is a field camp there where research is conducted all summer long studying the colony and the surrounding ecosystem. Learn more about it at http://www.penguinscience.com/ if you'd like more.
|Cape Crozier rookery is in the background in the fog bank 800' below us.|
|Our friend the Skua...|
|A nice view of the open Ross Sea free of sea ice, with a lone iceberg floating |
along. For perspective, that has about 200' high edges and is about a 5 square mile
chunk of ice.
|A quick word or two on safety for the pax...|
|Another flight through the Windless Bight on our way back to base.|
|Hut Point Peninsula, Mt Erebus and the Windless Bight on the way home.|
|Another good example of where sea ice (temporary) meets shelf ice (semi-permanent)|
and it's interface, kind of like a fault line geological terms.
Once again a great day at the office. Less than a few weeks to go here. Scary thing is I am getting the job (and like it too). It has its challenges but all in all after the initial shock and fear of the unknown things are coming together. Hopefully it continues this way as I continue to get more responsibility and knowledge of the operations.
Hope to talk to all soon. Off to another science lecture tonight. Not sure the subject. Hope its interesting! Cheers!